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interceurse between our countrymen and the conductor of a low, fanatical mathe Chee is strictly prohibited, and gazine in London, was egregiously imthe determination of the high tribunal posed on by a Letter, signed “ Tharemains to be known. Tie hope, that mas Paine," and dated “ America, this unlucky business may not interfere a month only before its publication. la with the pursuits of a gentlenian of this forged letter, T. P. is made to Cambridge, who lately went to Canton threaten the religious public with with the sole view of studying the laws, a book against their faith, manners, customs, and language of this and the seis-complacent Edior of the extraordinary people. No one is better Gestel ugazine, in a page or two of calculated for such an enterprize. He remarks, invite the infidel to come forwas distinguished for his attainments at ward, pledging himself to defend rethe university, but was prevented by the velation, not as Dr. Young, and Leland, absurd prejudices which disgrace that and others, he says, have done, by calling seat of learning, from obtaining those the Scriptures to their aid, but by the help honours which he richly merited. He solely of natural religion, which natural would not subscribe to the formula, re- religion, the said work is accustomed quiring a declaration of religious opini- to revile as nothing better than Ar minions from every per: on before he takes a anism, the monster which haunts the degree. What nonsense ! In very imagination of all true-bred Calvibigoted countries upon the Continent, nists. even Jews are permitted to take their “ A new work, from the pen of Thodegrees; but England will be the last mas Paine, has made its appearance at country to put all its inhabitants on the New York, entitled, Examination of same looting in it: universities, Can. the Passages in the New Testament, bridge is, however, not so had as Ox- quoted from the Old, and called Proford; for at Oxford they compel a young phecies concerning Jesus Christ: to map on entrance to subscribe a great which is prefixed an Essay on Dreams; quantity of propositions, in the sense shewing by what operation of the mind of which it will not be easy to find any a dream is produced in sicep, and two men of learning agree."
applying the same to the account of THOMAS PAINES's NEW WORK. dreams in the New Testament; with We copy the soilowing notice, from an an Arpendix, containing my privato American paper, though without thoughts of a future state, and remarks vouching for its truth. It may be a of the contracictory doctrine in the books trick upon the Editor. Six months ago, of Matthew and Mark."
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LITERARYNOTICES --We have before RAMASUNA OG VALAMEKT, vol. 1. conexpressed that we entertain high exp ta- taining the First B ok, translated from tions from the Baptist Mission in India, the Original Sang krit, with Explanatory considered in relation to Literature, and Notes, by Messrs. Carey and Marsbmsn. we are happy to announce, as the first two of the Missionaries. fruits of it, that there is in the press Tab
The Rev. W. Richards, of Lynn, is the Britons. Part 11. Cambro-Britisk preparing for the press, a Volume on the Biography, or The Welsh NonconforEcclesiastical. History of Wales; mises Memorial; being sketches of the in 'Two Parts: Part 1. An Account of Lives and Characters of the most eminent the State of Christianity in that Country, Dissenring Ministers in the Principality, from its first Introduction to the present from the Reformation to the clo.e of the time. To which is prefixed, A Sketch 18th century. The same Gentleman is of Druidism, the Original Religion of also engaged in a History of the town of the Welsh, in common with the rest of Lynn.
We are obliged to. A Lover of Trutb for taking so zealous an interest in the suece s of the Repository: he is mistaken in supposing that it is intended to raise the price of it. Profit is not the object of its conductors.
We have been so unfortunate as to excite the anger of a very sensible correspondent, who signs himself J. D. by a passage in our Review of Hutson's Here Ecclesi. astice, of which however he acknowledges that “his opinion is no better than our
J. D. complains bitterly that we have“ warped and cwisted " Mr. Hutton's remarks upon the system and practice of the law, and that we have flippantly insulted a respectable profession, in which “ many Unitarian Disciples are nursed. Thus far is very well; and here is good ground on which our Reviewer and J. D. might have met : and we should have rejoiced to see J. D.'s talents displayed on the arena of the Minthly Repository. But J. D. insists upon “ assuming” that the Editor of the Monthly Repository is, in propria persona, thc Reviewer of Mr. Hutton's book: regardless of the Editor's repeated declaration, that the Review departe nent of his work is, as much as any other, occupied by volunteers; and apparently vnapprized that no man would review a foolish or mischievous book, if he must expose his naine and person to the attacks of the author and his partizans. The Editor pronounces no opinion upon che “ exclamation" of the Reviewer, who will, if necessary, in due time and place, defend himself; but he wishes it to be understood, for the satisfaction of his correspondents in the Review, that neither remonstrances nor menaces shall prevail on him to violate the trust which they Tepose in him; he will not arrogate to himself the merit of papers which are gea nerally acceptable, nor shrink fromobloquy by disowning such as are disapproved.-Having thus unwarrantably identified the Reviewer with the Editor, J. D. proceeds, with equal indecorum, to indulge in personalities with the Editor, who, as he has Tiever given his name to the public, ought to be skreened from impertinent curiosity and petulant animadversion. The Editor may or may not be “an Unitarian mi. sister as J. D. may or may not be a lawyer, or (in Mr. Hutton's phraseology) a friend of lawyers; he may or may not be " a young man," as J. D. may or may pot be an old one; he may or may not “ abound with zeal. as J. D. may or may not be bound up in frigidity; but what is this to the public, who look for arguments not names, and who will c.cimate the Monthly Repository according to ius intrinsic merits whether J. D. be right or wrong, whether the Editor wear black clothes or coloured ones, whether his face be ruddy or wrinkled, whether he be zealous or Akewarm.-So confident however is J D. in the truth and the propriety of his conjectures and remonstrances that he challenges the Editor to publish his letter “if be bave tbe courage, accompanied with such an apology as will atone to the profession (of the Law,) and redeem his own (the Editor's) cbaTacter. Which is to be more adniired, the modesty of this demand, or the boldness of the anonymous maker of it? J. D. who conceals (wisely, we think) his own name, requires us to give up the names of the Reviewer and Editor; and supposing that the Reviewer, who he says, is the Editor, who, he says; is &c. &c. must be silenced and panic-struck by his imperious letter, as ir self-convicted of immorality or profaneness, he expects an immediate and a satisfactory apology: and finally, to complete his character, this unknown
dictator leaves us no alternative but submitting to the charge of cowardice or publishing his rescript ; an easy way, truly, of crying the courage of an Editor of a periodical publication : treat him with rudeness, and if he does not make public and perpetuate your insolence, set him down for a coward. With all his assumed knowledge of the Editor of the Monthly Repository, J. D. is wholly a stranger to his real temper and character; for whilst he listens with deference to remonstrances and complaints properly preferred and enforced by respectable names, he calmly despises haughty injunctions and angry menaces, whether they come from any futilious John Doe or Richard Roe, or from any more substantial personage. But although we have not been well used by J. D. we promise to insert in our work his remarks upon the subject of his letter if he will condescend to write with decorum; and, so well convinced are we of his talents (of which the notice we have taken of him is ample proof) that we shall not regret this rough introduction, should it lead to a further acquaintance.
The reader will find; below, Mr. Bennett's reply to Mr. Marten, and Mr. Marten's to Mr. Sturch. Here, if these gentlemen think with us, the controversy will drop. Nothing new remains to be said upon it, and there is a danger of its degenerating into a war of words, or, what is worse, a personal dispute.
MR. BENNETT, ON THE INDECENCY OF HIS SERMON, IN
REPLY TO MR. B. MARTEN.
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository. Sir, In the number of your Repository, for October 1807, (Correspondence, p. 564.) I had a paper addressed to you on thc“ Indecency of Mr. Bennett's Sermún." in composing and delivering that Sermon, I certainly did not consider what would please, but what was truth. I could be contented with what you have said in your prefatory remark to the above paper, but I know that several persons expect a reply from me. And therefore I beg the insertion of the following lines. Mr. Marten and I belong to the same body of Christians, and I confess he has created me with respect and liberality. I shall endeavour in the frecdom of my rema:ks, to return him the same usage. I am astonished to find that Mr. M. should suppose that your Reviewer, in his review of my sermon, has cast odium upon the General Baptist Assembly. But as this is a matter which more concerns your Reviewer than me, I shall leave it to him to reply, or to pass it over in silence, as he may think proper.
Mr. M. believes that I am incorrect in supposing that the generality of my hearers heard me patiently. For the honour of the congregation, I hope I am not. I should think it a very great di grace to the respectable Assembly who heard me, if it could be proved, that they did not hear an important subject, in relation to the evidences of christianity, with patience. The congregation, as far as a spectator could judge, was perfectly orderly and attentive. I was told after the service, that one person, during the delivery of the discourse, lost his command over the muscles of his face; and that another said, " I ought to be flogged:" and I had these in view when I used the words “ Most of you." These were all the marks of impaa tience with which I was acquainted, and sorry I am now to find Mr. M. in such bad company. Mr. M. seems to suppose, I had no reason to say, “ I do not see why any one should be alarnied at the idea of Joseph being the father of Jesus.” But why not say it? Why because, according to Mr. .'s letter, it implies that the General Baptists were alarmed at the subject, which he says was not the case. Well, but who said it was the case? How came he to learn from that sentence that I charged the alarm upon my hearers? If he will take the pains to read the sixth page of my Introduction, he will see, that, in all fairness of interpretation, the sentence in di-pute is in connexion with the world and not with my bearers. These are my words:
“ At the individual request of many of you, and of several others who heard the discourse, and with my carnet desire that it may do good, I have sent it into ihe world. I do not see why any one should be alarnied at the idea of Joseph huing the father of Jesus." The phrase "any one,” in this connexion must Be understood as referring to, at least, every christian professor, and in this sense I ceri ainly used it. Will Mr. Marten underrake to say, that the subject of my sermon cause: no alarm to the professors of chri tianity? Will he undertake to say thai no ularni was taken at Worship-Street Meering-House? O! how I wish he could not only say both these things, but prove uch a saying to be true! Then, ! think, I should not have had to bear that goodly portion of disgrace and slarder, which has been industriously poured upon me, for the pains I took to rescue christianity from one of the principal objections of Jews and Infidels. However, I would not be understood as though I were repenting what I have done, and writing with the tears of sorrow. I thank God, who I hope approves of my integrity, that what I said in my offending sermon, I really find to be true: “ The testimony of a good conscience is a suficient fortification.”
Mr. Marten informs me, that the impropriety of the subject for such an occasion was what gave such general dissatisfaction - The brethren," he says, “were not a cembled at that time to ettle points of specu'ative and controversial theology." Are there any subjects of theology but what are speculative and contioversiai? I know of none. Are there any directions in the minute-book of the General Bapties, guiding the man who is to preach before the Assembly to what sort of subjects he is to discuss? I know of none. Did I not accept of the proposal to preach on the occasion without restriction! I certainly did. if I had known that I was in the least degree restricted, they would never have heard me. I believe that, in the As-embly's appointment of persons to preach before them, sestrictions are never thought of. What Mr. M. therefore may meari, by telling us 'hat the discourse was improper for such an occasion, I cannot tell; and therefore I shall leave it to other, to find out. To open a subject, which kam persuaded is not much known awong christian professors, before the preas bars and beads of the General Baptist connexion in my opirion, was the only proper niethod. And were it do again, ! certainly should, if possible, choose a similar opportunity. As to settling points of speculative and controversial theology, I knew, as well as Mr. M. that the Generai Baptist Assembly did not profess to be cither a council, or a synod; 'and the thought of having the theological point, of Jesus being the Son of Joseph, settled by it, never entered my mind till I saw it expressed in his letter.
I 110w proceed to the principal part of the charge, viz. improp:iety of language, Mr. Marien gives me to understand that it was not the subjeit itself, nor the liberty of inquiry exhibited in its discussion; that it gave no very great alarm, for several persons were of my opinion; he acknowledges that the discussion of the subject leads to th: repetition of the expressions of which such loud complaint has been made, and of which Mr. Marten gives us a second edition ; and yet he, and a few others, think that my langua e upon this theological point is so abominably indecent, that, 1 violated finale mode ty in iis use! hope that I ani as great a friend co, and protector of female modesty, as Mr. M. And if I were convinced that the charge were just, I should be solicitous for an opportunity publicly to deprecate the dis. pleasure of the female part of my audience. And I have so good an opinion of the fernale disposition that i am per uaded I should not pray in vain. But let not my friend Marted be too hasty. I knok. tbut all the ladies are not on bis side. I have Heard bodies trtat the charge with the contempt it deserves. Ladies not unknown to Nir. Burten, have di ci.red to me, that, they think the charge frivolous. When chis charge of indecency was brought against me at the Assembly, in which about six or eight persons joined, a vote of censure was proposed; but the Assembly wouid not carry it, no not in any shape. If they acquitted me, believing at the sine time that I was guilty of the charge, they themselves are censurable; but if they thought that my innocency demanded my acquittal, then is my friend Mar. tan censurable for violating the rules of justice in charging me again with the sarne crise. When the Assembly had toished their business and had broken up,